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Why Ame Salon Doesn't Offer UV Hair Extensions: Safety, Damage, and Alternatives

Updated: Mar 28

UV Hair Extensions: Safety, Damage, and Alternatives

Are you considering UV hair extensions?  While they offer instant results, there are potential risks involved. Learn why our salon prioritizes your hair's long-term health and explores safer, gentler alternatives with less damage.


Understanding the Risks of UV Hair Extensions: Damage and Drawbacks


Potential Issues with UV Hair Extensions:

  • Bonding Process: The application uses a nail glue-like adhesive that cures under UV light. This adhesive can be harsh on the natural hair and scalp.

  • Odor: The adhesive often has a strong chemical smell that can be unpleasant for some people.

  • Damage Potential: The UV light exposure and the chemicals in the adhesive can cause dryness and breakage in your natural hair.

  • Discoloration: Lighter-colored hair extensions may be prone to discoloration from UV light exposure over time.

  • Maintenance: UV hair extensions have a shorter lifespan than other extension methods. They may need more frequent touch-ups or replacements.

  • Removal: The removal process can be harsh and may cause damage to your natural hair if not done correctly.


Things to Consider:

  • Installer Experience: The stylist plays a massive role in minimizing damage and ensuring a good experience with UV hair extensions. Choose a stylist who is experienced and specializes in this method.

  • Hair Type and Health: UV extensions may not be the best option for those with fine, fragile, or damaged hair.

  • Cost: UV hair extensions can be more expensive than some other methods.

  • Alternatives: There are many different types of hair extensions available. Consider methods like tape-in, sew-in weaves, keratin bonds, or clip-ins, which might be less damaging to your hair.


Important Note: It's always best to consult a professional hairstylist specializing in extensions. They can assess your hair type and goals and recommend the best hair extension method.


How to Minimize the Risks:

  • Experienced and Reputable Salon: Choose a salon with a proven track record and stylists who specialize in hair extensions. Ask for before-and-after photos and read client reviews.

  • Thorough Consultation: Discuss your hair type, goals, and lifestyle with your stylist. A good stylist will assess your hair, guide you on the best extension type, and be honest about potential downsides.

  • Type of Extensions: Consider the pros and cons of different methods (tape-in, sew-ins, clip-ins, etc.). Some are more damaging than others.

  • High-Quality Hair: Don't compromise on quality. Good human hair extensions, while more expensive, will blend better and last longer.

  • Aftercare: Follow the stylist's instructions for washing, brushing, and product use to prevent damage and extend the life of your extensions.


Remember: Even with the best care, extensions place some additional stress on your natural hair. It's essential to give your hair breaks between applications and focus on maintaining the health of your existing hair.


Hair stylists have differing opinions on UV hair extensions for several reasons:


Sew-in Extensions instead UV Extensions
Sew-in extensions are best alternative for UV extensions

Reasons why some stylists recommend extensions:

  • Instant Results: Extensions provide immediate length, volume, and even color changes, appealing to clients seeking dramatic transformations.

  • Addressing Hair Concerns: In some cases, they can be used strategically to camouflage thinning areas or cover up hair loss.

  • Styling Versatility: Extensions offer more options for creative hairstyles and updos, especially for special occasions.

  • Additional Revenue Stream: This service is a lucrative service for salons and stylists.

Pros

Cons

Instant length and volume.

Can damage natural hair and scalp.

Versatile styling options.

May emit unpleasant odors.

Can camouflage thinning or hair loss.

Potential for dryness and breakage.

Lucrative service for salons.

Risk of discoloration from UV exposure.


Higher maintenance and cost.


Requires professional removal.


Reasons why some stylists are against extensions:

  • Potential for Damage: Stylists who prioritize hair health may be concerned about the risks of breakage, thinning, or scalp issues caused by improper extension use.

  • Focus on Natural Hair Health: Some stylists prefer to promote solutions that improve the condition of their client's existing hair rather than relying on artificial additions.

  • Maintenance Demands: Extensions require commitment and a change in haircare routine. Stylists might discourage clients who aren't prepared for this.

  • Ethical Concerns: Some stylists might be uncomfortable with the sourcing of human hair extensions and the potential for exploitation involved.


Other Factors:

  • Training and Experience: A stylist's level of training and expertise in hair extensions will significantly influence their opinion. Those with extensive experience are more likely to see them favorably.

  • Salon Policies: Some salons might heavily promote extensions as part of their service menu, while others may not.

  • Client-Based Decisions: A good stylist should tailor recommendations to the individual client. If the client's hair is severely damaged, they might advise against extensions, even if the salon typically offers them.


In Summary: Finding a stylist who takes a holistic approach to hair health and beauty is essential. They should explain extensions' potential benefits and risks, allowing you to make an informed decision.



How to Repair Hair After Damage from UV-Cured Extensions


Deep conditioning:

  • Focus on Hydration: UV exposure can leave hair dry and brittle. Deep conditioners formulated with ingredients like shea butter, argan oil, coconut oil, and hyaluronic acid will deliver intense moisture and help restore elasticity.

  • Frequency: Depending on the severity of the damage, use a deep conditioner at least once or twice a week. Leave it on for the recommended time on the product (often 15-30 minutes).


Protein treatments (used sparingly):

  • Strengthening but Risky: Protein treatments can temporarily rebuild the hair's keratin structure, making it feel stronger. However, overusing protein can lead to the opposite effect – hair becomes more brittle.

  • When to use: This product is best used if you notice significant breakage or feel your hair has lost its structural integrity. Start with once a month, only increasing if you see positive effects.


Olaplex treatments:

  • Bond Repair: Olaplex is a revolutionary product line that repairs broken disulfide bonds within the hair. Chemical processes, heat styling, and general wear and tear often damage these bonds.

  • Salon vs. Home: Olaplex No. 3 is a take-home treatment, while salons offer more potent versions. A stylist can assess if this is right for your type of damage.


Minimizing heat styling:

  • Give Hair a Break: Heat from styling tools further weakens already compromised hair. Air drying and gentle hairstyles like braids or low buns are preferable during the repair process.

  • Heat Protection is Essential: If you must use heat tools, invest in a high-quality heat protectant spray and ALWAYS use it in the lowest possible heat setting.


Scalp care:

  • Healthy Foundation: Hair growth starts with a healthy scalp. Any damage or irritation from extensions or sun exposure might hinder new growth.

  • Soothing Ingredients: Products with aloe vera, tea tree oil, or chamomile can calm irritation. Scalp massages encourage circulation, which aids in healing.


Healthy lifestyle habits:

  • Nutrition: Consume a diet rich in protein (building blocks of hair), omega-3 fatty acids (shine and scalp health), and essential vitamins like biotin, vitamin D, and zinc.

  • Hydration: Dehydration impacts overall health, including hair health. Aim for the recommended daily water intake.

  • Stress Management: High-stress levels can contribute to hair loss and impede healthy growth. Find healthy stress relief techniques.


Important Considerations about UV Hair Extensions


  • Limited Information: UV-cured hair extensions are a relatively new technique. Long-term effects on hair health may still need to be fully understood. Proceed with caution and be aware of the potential risks involved.


  • Talk to Your Stylist: A stylist with expertise in UV-cured extensions can:

  • Assess Your Damage: They can determine the appropriate repair strategies and product recommendations tailored to your needs.

  • Discuss Alternatives: They may suggest alternative extension types or help you focus on restoring your natural hair's health if damage is extensive.


Your Hair Health is Our Priority: Why We Don't Offer UV Extensions


At AME Salon, we prioritize the health of our client's hair. While UV extensions can be tempting, we've chosen not to offer them due to concerns about potential damage from the curing process and chemicals. 


As a salon owner with over 20 years of experience, I've seen the potential drawbacks of UV extensions. While they may offer quicker results, the risk of breakage and dryness is only worth it in the short run. We believe in long-term hair health and are committed to providing honest consultations.


There are better ways to achieve your desired look. 


We offer a variety of extension methods like Tape-in extensions, Clip-in extensions, and Sew-in weaves.


Unsure about extensions? Let's chat! Call us for a free, no-pressure consultation.


Ljupka Arsovska, Ame Salon. Englewood, NJ.  


FAQ: UV Hair Extensions and Alternatives


Q: How long do UV hair extensions last? 

A: UV hair extensions generally last about 6-8 weeks. However, lifespan can vary depending on hair type, aftercare, and the extensions' quality.


Q: How do you remove UV hair extensions? 

A: UV hair extensions must be removed by a professional stylist. They use a specialized solvent to dissolve the adhesive bond. Attempting to remove them yourself can lead to significant hair damage.


Q: What are alternatives to UV hair extensions? 

A: Many hair extension methods are less damaging than UV extensions. Some popular options include:


  • Tape-in extensions: Easier to apply and remove, less harsh on the hair.

  • Clip-in extensions: Temporary solution, great for special occasions.

  • Sew-in weaves offer a longer lifespan and are suitable for specific hair types.

Q: Do UV hair extensions cause hair loss, or are they good for thin hair? 

A: UV hair extensions, if applied incorrectly or with poor aftercare, can contribute to hair breakage and potential hair loss. They are generally not recommended for those with thin or fine hair due to the added weight and stress on existing strands.


Important Note: Always consult with a professional hairstylist who specializes in extensions. They can help you determine the best hair type, goals, and lifestyle method.


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